How many years have you been with raiseRED?
3 years as Dancer, 1st year on Executive Board
What are you studying at UofL?
Why do you dance?
I first got involved in dance marathons six years ago at my alma mater, Ballard High School, through DanceMaroon. At the time, it was really just the cool thing to do. Over the next year or so, cancer began to touch my life. Two incredibly important people in my life were diagnosed and it flipped my world. Energized by their battle, I felt drawn to dance for countless others who had the same diagnosis. In college, I was fortunate enough to find raiseRED and continue my involvement in the fight. I am so honored to be raising money for such a good cause for the Louisville community — Louisville students helping Louisville families, children, and doctors. That is what it’s all about.
Advice for first time dancers?
I would really just tell students to be healthy the days going up to the marathon. Take your vitamins, eat some great foods, and get some rest. You will have a sustained energy throughout the night and it will help you make phone calls to your loved ones to get more of their money (haha) and for the children’s stories to really permeate your heart.
Favorite raiseRED memory?
When I’m at raiseRED, I run around like a lunatic. I’m one of those people that really feeds off of other people’s energy, so it’s a great environment for me to act a fool. With that being said, my absolute favorite raiseRED memory at the dance marathon is always our rave hour. However, during the year leading up to the marathon there are tons of other ways to get involved in the organization. Visiting the clinic and getting the chance to meet families, children, doctors, and the staff that our efforts benefit ensures to me that our work is worth while.
Favorite food, movie, artist?
My favorite meal looks like this: spring roll appetizer, pineapple curry entree, and a tall ice-cold water. I’m a huge sucker for films as well, but I watched a movie recently that had a super unique moral. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. It has my upmost recommendation. In terms of music, music is my life. Top five favorite artists: The Avett Bros, Vampire Weekend, Cherub, Tame Impala, and Chance the Rapper.
Fun fact about yourself?
I love the city of Louisville almost more than life itself. The pockets of the city give my life and reason to wake up everyday.